Man Utd extend lead to seven points at top of Premiership after scoreless draw at Newcastle.
Arsenal will still feel there in with a chance after United failed to extend their lead despite enjoying large chunks of play they rarely extended the Newcastle rearguard.
The first ten minutes were frenetic as the Toon dominated and created a couple of decent chances as the visitor’s were penned back inside their own half.
The Reds remain unbeaten at St James’ Park since 2001 and in truth Newcastle fully deserved the point gained which eases their own lingering relegation worries.
United gradually gained control as the game wore on but the best chance fell in the second half to Ryan Giggs who dragged his effort wide after being set up by Patrice Evra and then in the final minute Rooney headed past the post.
In truth Newcastle frustrated United who for once lacked quality in the final third of the field.
The home side also had a good claim for a penalty after the break when Anderson brought down Peter Lovenkrands but the perfectly positioned Lee Probert was unimpressed.
Michael Owen came on as a substitute for the Reds and was roundly booed by the Toon supporters for his disappointing stay on Tyneside.
United have still only won only five games on their travels this campaign and have yet to win back-to-back away games and from Sir Alex Ferguson’s point of view this will be seen as two point’s dropped.
Referee: Lee Probert
Venue: St James’ Park
Man Utd scorers:
03 Jose Enrique
06 Williamson (yellow card)
24 Tiote (yellow card)
11 Lovenkrands (Ireland 69)
23 Ameobi (Ranger 72)
01 Van der Sar
08 Anderson (Valencia 70)
16 Carrick (yellow card)
17 Nani (Owen 80)
20 Fabio Da Silva,
13 Park Ji-Sung,